St. Mary’s is the parish church of Peldon, a village south of Colchester, Essex.

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The Friends of St. Mary’s is a registered charity which raises funds for vital repairs, restoration work and improvements to this Grade 1 listed building, for it to continue as a place of worship and a community facility for use by all.

The Friends have raised over £45,000 for such work, but more fundraising needs to be done to get this building into good order for the next generation. We intend to do just that, and enjoy ourselves along the way!

Find out what we’ve achieved and How you can support us.

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Peldon Village Fete – Final Details

Our Fete gets bigger and better each year, but it still keeps the character of a traditional Village event. First of all, it’s now the Peldon Village Fete, Dog Show and Craft Fayre. At a bigger venue, in Lodge Lane, Peldon CO5 7PZ. With a wider range of stalls, activities and attractions. And we welcome back […]

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Friends and Wigboroughs Group join forces for two events

The Fiends and the Wigboroughs Community Group will host two major events this year: Cricket Match:  Peldon vs. The Wigboroughs (3rd September at Elmdale,Little Wigborough, 2pm – 5pm) Christmas Bazaar:  2nd December at St. Mary’s Church Peldon, 11am – 3pm) Let’s give them our full support!

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Change of Secretary to the Friends

Due to his very busy schedule Bill Tamblyn has stepped-down from his position of Secretary to the Friends of St. Mary’s. He feels that there is much work to do, not only for his other interests but also in his role as Church Warden. He will continue to be a member of the committee of […]

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Remaining Friends events in 2017 – UPDATED

Please note the following amended list: 10 June, Peldon Village Fete, Dog Show and Craft Fair, 11am to 5pm, at Lodge Cottage, Lodge Lane, Peldon. 15 July, Greek Night! from 7.30pm, at St. Mary’s Peldon. 3 September, Cricket Match, Peldon v. The Wigboroughs. At Little Wigborough. Hosted jointly by the Friends and the Wigborough Community Group. 23 September, […]

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Peldon Fete and Craft Fair – Advance details

This will be an even bigger event this year! It will include: the usual food, drinks, stalls and children’s activities; the traditional fete games and side shows; PLUS a fun-type Dog Show; PLUS a Craft Fair; PLUS A Flypast by an aeroplane! Make a note NOW – 10th June. from 11am, at The Kearneys, Lodge […]

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News on the inner door to the North Porch

Within the Friends it was hoped that this could be repaired & restored to English Heritage specifications, and that a catch and handle be fitted. At the 2016 Friends AGM the meeting discussed the possibility of having the door removed and displayed separately, and a bespoke replacement door made and installed. As of March 2017 […]

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A donation from ZEPFEST!

The ZEPFEST Commemoration was a wonderful example of cooperation between Peldon and the Wigboroughs in staging a major community event. ZEPFEST covered its costs and raised money for Peldon and Wigborough community causes. Peldon’s share was £2000 to the Friends of St. Mary’s  and £2000 to the Village Hall project. What a wonderful gesture and […]

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Appeal for volunteers

There are many groups who run events in Peldon and the Wigboroughs, and they all need energy and ideas from volunteers. The Friends has a reputation of being a lively bunch, but in reality the Committee plus a small number of volunteers do all the work in staging events. Will you come forward and take […]

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Highland Fling – Report

The ‘Fling’ has been a part of the Peldon Year for over 30 years. It has continued through good times and bad, but in recently it’s become a major highlight of the year for Peldon and the surrounding area. This time we were at Abberton & Langenhoe Village hall with 54 people plus members of […]

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Highland Fling – Full details

Please note the different venue this time, Abberton & Langenhoe village Hall.               Directions: Drive to the Abberton crossroads, where there is a derelict pub  (formerly ‘The Lion’). Turn into Fingringhoe Road (the road at the side of the pub). Then 1st right into Edward Marke Drive. As the road […]

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